The writer, Elizabeth TaylorJuly 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM | Posted in Books, Writers | 1 Comment
Tags: Elizabeth Taylor, In a Summer Season, Peter Taylor
I am finally reading the English novelist Elizabeth Taylor and am delighted to discover another author that I know I will read complete. I had not heard of her before 1994 when I went in search of works by Peter Taylor. He is one of my greatest finds and Elizabeth shared shelf space in the libraries I haunted. I remember picking her up, so to speak, and thinking that she was just what I didn’t want to read – yet another lady novelist, long forgotten, like so many that choke library shelves. Happy to be so wrong!
I’ve just read her novel from 1961, In a Summer Season, and I can tell you why she is a wonderful writer: she puts you into all the characters, not just one or two. In addition, she does not take it easy on her heroine who loses lustre, like taking off make-up, but slowly.
Mediocre writers take short-cuts, Elizabeth Taylor, apparently, does not.